Barcelona ‘pull OUT of bid’ to sign Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez despite Luis Suarez’s departure with Spanish giants unable to stump up £90m transfer fee
- Barcelona have given up on signing £90m Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez
- Inter are refusing to accept any offers lower, and Barca can’t afford him
- Barcelona will still look to replace Luis Suarez, who was sold to Atletico Madrid
- The Catalan giants have since been linked with Lyon forward Memphis Depay
Barcelona have decided not to pursue their interest in signing Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.
The Argentinian striker has been strongly linked with a move to the Nou Camp all year and is valued at around £90million by the San Siro club.
However, given the financial uncertainty at Barcelona, the Catalans have been unable to meet Inter’s asking price and have subsequently withdrawn from the transfer race.
Barcelona have decided to give up on signing £90million Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez
The La Liga giants will, however, continue to look to fill the void left by Luis Suarez – who completed a controversial £5.5m move to Diego Simeone’s side after being told by Ronald Koeman he was no longer required.
Martinez would have been an ideal replacement for Suarez as he scored 14 goals in Serie A last season and found the net once again on Saturday to help his side triumph 4-3 over Fiorentina.
Although Barca will still look to replace Luis Suarez, who was sold to Atletico Madrid for £5.5m
If Barca boss Ronald Koeman signed Martinez he would not have the funds to purchase others
Martinez did originally have a £100m release clause in his contract but that option expired in July.
Despite initially vying for the 23-year-old’s signature, Barcelona knew that if they met Inter’s asking price, they wouldn’t be able to strengthen in other areas prior to the transfer deadline of October 5. Inter have refused to accept players as part of any deal, according to Calciomercato.
Ideally, Koeman would like to add depth at centre-back and right-back before the summer window closes.
Given Martinez’s move to Barca is now off the table, he is likely to agree news terms at Inter
As a move to Spain is now off the table, Martinez looks set to stay at the San Siro for another season.
Martinez’s contract is due to expire in 2023, but it seems likely that the striker will agree new terms with the club.
Barca have been linked with Lyon forward Memphis Depay, who Koeman managed at international level with Holland, as an alternative option for their forward line.